Tucker Carlson slams big tech companies after Twitter flags his post
Tucker Carlson slams big tech companies for censorship and liberal bias after Twitter flagged his post mocking Seattle’s CHAZ as ‘potentially sensitive’ content
- Carlson took to Twitter last week to post a segment from his show which made fun of Seattle’s Capital Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ)
- Twitter quickly hid the post behind a warning, stating that the video included ‘potentially sensitive content’
- The move prompted outrage from Carlson, who blasted big tech on his program Friday night
- He complained that the companies were trying to censor right-wing voices, but ‘make it very easy for 12-year-olds to watch hardcore pornography’
- ‘It tells you everything about what they [liberals] care about and who they are,’ Carlson seethed in a monologue
- President Trump and other prominent conservative voices have also accused tech companies including Google, Twitter and YouTube of liberal bias
Tucker Carlson has taken aim at liberal bias at big tech companies after Twitter flagged one his posts as ‘potentially sensitive’ and YouTube warned viewers one his videos may be ‘inappropriate or offensive to some audiences’.
In a withering monologue on his Fox News program Friday night, the outspoken conservative raged: ‘The left’s goal is to make dissent invisible and therefore irrelevant. Meanwhile, these same tech companies make it very easy for 12-year-olds to watch hardcore pornography. They have no problem with that at all.’
‘But political views they disagree with? No. Gone with the Wind’? Too scary. Tells you everything about what they care about and who they are.’
The drama began last week, when Carlson took to Twitter to share a segment from his program which mocked Seattle’s new police-free Capital Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ).
Producers on his program had created a satirical tourism advertisement promoting the CHAZ, which stated in part: ‘It’s the anarchist utopia you never knew you needed!’
The ad then mocked the area’s protesters, graffiti and portable toilets, by contrasting chaotic scenes with a soundtrack featuring relaxing holiday music.
‘Look at all the things you’re missing out on – luxury accommodations and thought-provoking artworks for the intellectual types,’ the narrator of the satirical segment continued, as the camera panned over dilapidated tents and crude signs saying ‘F**k the police’.
After Carlson posted a satirical clip to Twitter last week, moderators quickly hid it behind a warning which read: ‘The following media includes potentially sensitive content’
After Carlson posted the satirical clip to Twitter last week, moderators quickly hid it behind a warning which read: ‘The following media includes potentially sensitive content’.
Viewers are now forced to click ‘view’ if they want to watch the clip, rather than have it play automatically.
That enraged Carlson, who sarcastically stated on his program Friday: ‘I want to apologize if you found what you just saw, hateful, disgusting, or if you were traumatized by watching it.
In a withering monologue on his Fox News program Friday night , Carlson accused big tech of censorship and liberal bias
‘Twitter’s very concerned you might be. We posted that fake ad on Twitter. Twitter flagged it as potentially sensitive content’ and then they hid it from view.
‘What were they saying? They were saying, “Beware, keep your kids from watching this.” What’s the justification for warning people of that? We have no idea,” Carlson said. “Probably that it’s edited video. Of course, they never flag a clip from The Onion or The Daily Show [a liberal news program hosted by Trevor Noah]. Obviously, you know why.’
Carlson then referenced the fact that the opening monologue from his June 1 broadcast now comes with a warning for viewers watching it on YouTube.
The 26-minute video, titled ‘Our Leaders Dither As Our Cities Burn’ has now been flagged as a ‘GRAPHIC VIDEO’ and potential viewers must sign in to YouTube with an email address to confirm their age before watching it.
‘The following content has been identified by the YouTube community, whatever that is, as inappropriate or offensive to some audiences,’ Carlson said on his Friday show.
‘By offensive, they mean that the left doesn’t like it. And that is the new standard. And there’s only one response under that standard: Silence the person who disagrees with you.’
Carlson then referenced the fact that the opening monologue from his June 1 broadcast now comes with a warning for viewers watching it on YouTube
‘That’s why censorship is now everywhere. It’s why the tech companies started censoring the president. It’s why they’re getting more and more aggressive in silencing you,’ he continued.
It’s not the first time the firebrand broadcaster has hit out at big tech censorship.
Earlier this week, Carlson slammed Google over its threat to demonetize The Federalist, a right-wing news outlet, over reader comments on its stories.
Carlson has frequently complained about big tech on his popular Fox News program
The Federalist was listed in an NBC story written by a journalist who contacted Google in regards to a list of 10 American websites a British think tank had deemed racist.
In the NBC story, a Google spokeswoman was quoted as saying it had ‘removed the site’s ability to monetize’.
Later, Google said it had never demonetized The Federalist – which is run by Meghan McCain’s husband – and that it got in touch to address something in the website’s comments section that violated standards.
Now that the comments section has been removed, Google said, the matter was ‘addressed’.
President Trump is also a prominent critic of big tech – accusing them of censorship and bias.
Last month, he signed an Executive Order on Thursday ‘Preventing Online Censorship’ – with the Commander-in-chief accusing social media giants of holding ‘anti-conservative bias’.
The Order could open Twitter, Facebook and Google up to lawsuits by diluting the legal protection which stops them from being liable for posts on their platforms, and which also allows them to moderate content.
Trump’s Executive Order said websites such as Twitter and Facebook ‘wield immense, if not unprecedented, power to shape the interpretation of public events’. Twitter said the order was a political move which attacked free speech.
What is Donald Trump’s executive order targeting social media sites?
Donald Trump signed an order on Thursday seeking to make social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook liable for the content posted by their users.
If enforced, the order would overturn decades of precedent by treating the websites as ‘publishers’ which could be sued for user-generated content.
It could open them up to a flood of lawsuits from anyone who claims to be harmed by content posted online.
Currently, the sites are protected by a law known as Section 230 which shields them from liability.
Section 230 also allows social platforms to moderate their services by removing posts that, for instance, are obscene or violate the services’ own standards, so long as they are acting in ‘good faith.’
The author of a book about Section 230 said social media firms have ‘based their business models on being large platforms for user content’, saying they would not ‘exist in their current forms’ without the legislation.
However, critics argue that Section 230 gives internet companies a free pass on things like hate speech and content that supports terror organizations.
Trump signed the order after Twitter placed fact-check warnings on two of his tweets about mail-in voting on Tuesday.
Republican senator Josh Hawley said the ‘censorship’ was relevant to Trump’s proposal, because websites which ‘editorialize and censor’ as Twitter allegedly did should be ‘treated like traditional publishers’ in law.
However, critics saw Trump’s order as an act of political revenge against websites which he has long accused of political bias.
The American Civil Liberties Union called Trump’s order ‘a blatant and unconstitutional threat to punish social media companies that displease the president.’
Twitter said the order was a political move which attacked free speech, while Facebook said the measure would ‘encourage platforms to censor anything that might offend anyone’.
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